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Business Administration

MacMurray College's Business Administration program prepares graduates to become professionals who will serve as leaders for the next generation. The curriculum prepares students for successful careers by combining accounting, administration, economics, finance, management, marketing, and mathematics courses to provide a well-rounded education. Classes are designed to help students develop conceptual and analytical skills needed to pursue a variety of business career paths.

Faculty in the Business Administration program have diverse professional backgrounds and ample experience facilitating online learning. They help students understand and analyze business information and situations, apply relevant theories, and arrive at solutions.

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Opportunities for Students

While at MacMurray, you will be expected to engage in a significant amount of "experiential learning," or hands-on work, either in the classroom or in businesses around Jacksonville and beyond.

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Internships are a crucial part of your career preparation, and MacMurray students get job experience at local firms in the area, as well as at the state and even national level. MacMurray 2015 graduate Martin Lara, for example, held a summer internship in the budget office at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.

The Business Administration Program will provide you with the foundation necessary for entry into a professional career or graduate study. Recent MacMurray graduates are working in a variety of exciting business fields, including insurance and financial planning, management, sales and marketing, banking, finance, and accounting to name a few.

Your workplace options cover the gamut: you can choose to work in an office individually or as part of a team, or you can embark on your own business venture.


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Steve Oberg

Lead Faculty for Business, Accounting, and Sport Management
Associate Professor of Business

"I love teaching at MacMurray, and I feel blessed to be able to work closely with my fellow Business faculty to create an awesome learning environment. We try to provide opportunities for students to learn practical skills to get them ready for meaningful work. I really enjoy getting to know my students on a personal level and being able to find ways to challenge them individually. I am excited about what our future holds as a Business Division and also campus-wide!"

  • Areas of interest: Oberg's academic interests include: efficiency wage theory, minimum wage issues, active vs. passive investment management, and modern portfolio theory. He is a proud husband and father of five sons, and in his spare time he loves to play music, fish, and play golf.
  • D.B.A. — Wilmington University (Expected SP 2018)
  • M.B.A. — Ottawa University
  • B.A. in Biblical Languages — Life Pacific College
  • Courses taught: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Money and Banking, Finance, Intermediate Finance, Investments
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Matt Wiediger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

"Students are people too."

  • Areas of interest: Dr. Wiediger is interested in cognitive and behavioral research.
  • Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Cognition and Memory) — Washington State University
  • M.S. in Psychology — Washington State University
  • B.S. in Psychology — Washington State University
  • Courses taught: General Psychology, Elementary Statistics, Business Statistics, Research Methods, Educational Psychology, Social Psychology, Learning, Physiological Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Memory & Cognition, Theories of Personality, Research Participation, Senior Seminar
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Helena Costakis, DBA

Professional Fellow

"My favorite thing about teaching for Mac is the sense of connection and community amongst faculty and students. It is a supportive and collegial environment."

  • Areas of interest: Costakis's research interests include emotional labor, the psychological trait of grit relating to emotional labor, LGBTQ workplace issues, the leadership styles of women in management, and organizational effectiveness relating to emotional labor.
  • D.B.A. — Wilmington University
  • Master of Professional Studies in Human Resource Management — Stony Brook University
  • B.A. in English and Technical Writing — The College of Saint Rose
  • Courses taught: Training and Development, Human Resources Management, Labor Relations, Compensation and Benefits, Business Law, Employment Law, Legal Issues and Policies, Understanding Organizations, People and Organizations
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Cindy Hamm, Ed.D.

Professional Fellow

"The ultimate reward in teaching is the privilege of being a part of each student's educational journey. I have always enjoyed teaching for MacMurray and continue to be awed by the motivation of Mac students and the supportive community dedicated to helping each student achieve their goals."

  • Areas of interest: Dr. Hamm spends time directing and acting in theater and musical performances as a hobby and also dabbles as a creative writer of poetry and short stories. She enjoys outdoor activities such as running, biking, and visiting the beach. She has a strong interest in literacy education and has launched volunteer tutoring programs in reading and writing for schools and public libraries.
  • Ed.D. in Higher and Post Secondary Education — Argosy University
  • M.A. in English — University of Illinois Springfield
  • M.A. in Communication — University of Illinois Springfield
  • B.A. in Communication and Theatre — Illinois College
  • Courses taught: Public Speaking, Confidence in Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, English Composition, Freshman Composition, Honors Composition, Intro to Literature, Creative Writing, Business Communication, Strategies for Success, Public Relations, Theatre Arts, Research Writing, Media Writing, News Writing, Leadership Ethics, Professional Writing, Research Writing, Small Group Discussion, Intro to Communication, Human Communication, Organizational Communication, Communication Theory, Argumentation, Debate